Saturday, June 17, 2017

cyberterrorism: insular thinking, fake news, spinning, obfruscation and just plain old-fashioned lying

As far as I have been able to determine, the new Key West Citizen online format is limited to local news and opinions. 

If so, does this mean what goes on beyond Key West and the Florida Keys 

the comics ... the daily horoscope ... the bridge column ... national sports ... syndicated editorials, opinion columns and news articles ...

are just too awful, or too unimportant, to view online?

An island unto itself? 

Insular?

Key West? 

Citizen?

Text message last night from my hoodoo spellcasting witch amiga on the mainland:
Hey Sloan
I didn’t forget that I agreed to write up for you my experience just before 9/11. By the time we got home though I was not feeling at all well. Thought if I would rest a bit I’d then be able to do it. But I can’t tonight. Will do it when I’m back to something resembling normal. Really bad sick headache and I don’t tend to have headaches.

[She had told me on the telephone earlier yesterday that she was really antsy for 2-3 days before 9/11, then she woke up on 9/11 and antsy was gone. Then, she heard the news. I reminded her that three nights before 9/11, I was asked in my sleep, “Will you make a prayer for a Divine Intervention for all of humanity?” I woke up, made the prayer. I knew something was coming down, but not what. On 9/11, I knew.]

I text’d back on my beast flip phone:

Me ail too all bad energy
Nite

Amiga text’d back:

Nite! Take care.

[Just before I woke up in the Key West police station front lobby this morning around 5 a.m., I heard, “Iraq.” I knew I would write about Iraq today.]

I text’d Amiga:

Iraq energy
Yesterday afternoon, I started reading THE PRISONER, a new Alex Berenson novel, released this year, 2017. I can't imagine how someone this young knows so much, or how he gets his information. By human means, which appears to be his method.

Alex Berenson - Wikipedia

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alex_Berenson

In February 2008, The Faithful Spy rose to #1 on the New York Times paperback bestseller list. The same month, Berenson released his second thriller, The Ghost War. His third novel, The Silent Man, followed in February 2009.
THE PRISONER is about a CIA way high up, who grew fed up with America’s war policy and the CIA’s role and he started feeding critical and sensitive information to ISIS. The recurring hero in Berenson’s novels is John Wells, a black ops CIA contractor who takes no prisoners. Early in his “career”, fluent in Arabic, Wells was sent to Afghanistan to infiltrate the Taliban. They accepted him. He became one of their most feared freedom fighters/squad leaders. All the while he was in deep cover working for the CIA/US President. He converted to Islam. For real. Now, in the novel I’m just starting, Wells is lured out of retirement and tasked to find what is now known to be a mole in the CIA, who believes America At War, Inc. is as bad as ISIS.

Starting on page 70 of THE PRISONER - in my sprit code, 7 is the mark of God on a person or event:

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He looked in the mirror. The traitor looked back.
Traitor.
He’d say it. Why not? What exactly was he betraying? A country whose people could not have misunderstood themselves more. They imagined they were hardy., God-fearing pioneers. In truth, they excused every poisonous choice by bleating about the nobility of their motives. They pretended to want peach but went to war more than any other nation.
In the last fifty years, how many countries that the United States attacked? The man who called himself Wayne could hardly remember them all: Vietnam, Cambodia, Panama, Servia, Afghanistan, Iraq … That didn’t count the meddling in Latin America … The drones that killed at random over Pakistan … The idiocy of the endless war on drugs that had made Mexico a graveyard …
The United States spread pain all over the world and expected love in return.
The place he worked lay at the center of the madness. The bull’s-eye, the beating heart. The secret chamber in the center of the pyramid where the priests claimed they found the answer to every mystery. No one noticed that they always offered the same solution. Buy off anyone who was for sale. Kill the rest. Do it all on no-bid contracts, the better to fleece the taxpayer sheep. God bless America.
Once he might have gone to The Washington Post or The New York Times, told them the truth. How the agency wasted billions. How it held it held innocent detainees in Guantanamo because the White House was too embarrassed to free them. How its drone pilots didn’t even pretend to know their targets. But going public would make no difference. Even if he sent the raw files to Wikileaks or The Intercept so the world could see for itself, nothing would happen. The agency never held itself accountable. Congress and the White House feared it too much to try. Even the idiot psychologists who’d crafted the torture program after September 11 remained untouched. Forget criminal charges. They hadn’t had to pay back a penny of the eighty million dollars – yes, eighty million dollars – they’d received.
Besides, the White House and Justice Department treated whistle-blowers like traitors these days. If they caught him leaking, he’d spend his life in jail. Why not go all the way?
HIS NAME wasn’t Wayne, of course. He called himself that in homage to a man whose legend came from a lifetime of two-hour lies. A man who pretended to be a soldier but had claimed a sounder injury to duck out of World War II. A man who at the height of Vietnam made a movie defending that war. The Green Berets. The film famously ended with a scene of Wayne walking hand in hand on a beach with an orphaned Vietnamese boy – as the sun set in the east.
John Wayne, the ultimate American hero.
The traitor was almost embarrassed when he remembered his enthusiasm after September 11. He’d volunteered to be in the first wave of officers going to Afghanistan. Even then he’d had some idea of the sorry history of Americans abroad. His father’s brother had died in Vietnam, an ambush near Da Nang, three months into his tour.
But this time was different. This time they attacked us. They needed to pay.

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Then comes what had turned him sour, and then into a traitor, in his view. It started in Iraq. He does not see himself as a patriot, who, I suppose, would have gone to the New York Times or The Washington Post and then be arrested and tried for treason?

Perhaps Alex Berenson, Julian Assange (Wikileaks) and fired FBI Director James Comey should move to Russia? I saw online yesterday real or fake news that Vladimir Putin is ready to give Edward Snowden asylum. I published way back when, that Obama should have pardoned Snowden on condition that Snowden advise Obama, for pay, what was really going on in the various American intelligence services.

Meanwhile, a big warm fuzzy Donald Trump bear hug came into my Facebook timeline yesterday afternoon:
It had not occurred to me to compare our president to a black bear, but it seems obvious after reading about the latest bear encounter in our area. It seems Mr. Bear managed to open the door of a parked SUV in a residential neighborhood after smelling grapes that had been left in the car. As luck would have it, the door slammed shut with the bear inside. The owners of the car didn't return for a day or so. Then neighbors reported hearing intermittent horns blowing and called authorities. Sheriff's deputies opened the door and let him out, but found more than $14,000 worth of damage to the interior. Mr. Bear was obviously in a panic, clawing up the upholstery, the doors, the dashboard, the seats - everything he could reach. That's exactly the picture I have of President Trump as he wildly tweets random accusations and thoughts. Seems to me the bear had more sense.
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Reed Sandra Perfect!!

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Pamela Cichon The bear was also relatively innocent.

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Lisa J. Broward I expect higher damage results...

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Zurab Jibgashvili http://happy-foxie.com/leave-it-to-german-paper-7/


When it comes to verbalizing exactly how most sane people feel about Donald Trump, it comes down to the fact that there really aren’t enough expletives to get your point across. He’s as horrific as a person as he is a leader and has absolutely no place being near the Oval Office. One paper, a Ger
HAPPY-FOXIE.COM

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John Sinibaldi I suspect the bear also had a bowel movement or two while in the car, which reminds me of the Trumpster dropping his pearls of bulls**t every chance he gets.

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James E Shirk Does a bear shit in an SUV? Apparently yes.

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Lucy Morgan I suspect you are right but the newspaper spared us that detail

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Ron Dunn How many times should we multiply $14,000 by to find a Trump equivalent?

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Bill Reeves Great analogy! A bear with his foot caught in a trap also works except with Trump it is all four feet since his family members and friends are involved . He will eventually be forced with the decision to bite off each foot to escape, which he will no doubt do, to save himself.

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Ecb Hamaker I think he'll bite off the feet of family and friends before he considers chomping his own off. I sincerely believe he loves himself more than anyone.

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Colby Mills On behalf of the bear, I am deeply offended. 😜

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Larry Hannan Lucy. You owe an apology to all black bears.

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Lucy Morgan Ok - y'all are right, the bear was no doubt smarter and he's roaming free today with no worries...

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Bill Reeves Maybe if it was an orange bear.

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Nancy Graham Of course the bear had more sense -- she knew what she was doing ...

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Rebecca Falkenberry Insult to bears

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Bill Stokes The RV is analogous to America.

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Bobby Brantley That's what a bear trapped in a car reminded you of? That's really some imagination.

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Ken Littlefield Same image I had when Obama was let out of the White House. He left but trashed the place on his way out.

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Jerry Chesnutt Courious, Are you the "quiet-time" Littlefield?

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Ken Littlefield But I do know what you are referring to.

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John Butler Haters have to hate.

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Judith McBriar every living thing has more sense.

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Julie Davis A turnip.

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Kimberly Hallmark Ware I think that you might be referring to all of the libs attacking him...they need all the 💩 they can get to throw against the wall to see if they can get anything to stick...
Doesn't matter if it comes from a bear...🐻

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Judith McBriar he depends on blind loyalty. You've passed his test.

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Kimberly Hallmark Ware No...I am not blind...I clearly see because I do not have my head in the sand...
Thanks for playing...

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Sloan Bashinsky Looks to me Trump is adept at creating bad publicity for himself.

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Julie Davis He produces all the shit and it is getting all over us.

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Kimberly Hallmark Ware I think not...lib media makes it up and you just follow along...

Exactly what shit has gotten on you?

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Sloan Bashinsky The media makes up Trump's tweets. The media made up Trump fired Comey after Comey declined to back off investigating Flynn and Trump's other buddies. The media made up that Trump did not disclose his tax returns. The media made up that Trump said the 2016 election was rigged. The media made up that Comey gave Trump the 2016 election by what Comey made public about Hillary Clinton, who in her own way is as great an American as Trump. The media made up Trump's 3,500 lawsuits. The media made up Trump is forever surprising his own cabinet and advisers by saying/tweeting things they never heard of, contrary to what he had told them to hold forth; the media made up Trump just reversed Obama's policy on Cuba; the media made up Trump showing the world just who and what he really is in about 10 seconds:

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Judith McBriar Sloan Bashinsky thank you for the facts and reminders. Maybe those who deny facts will have some more to claim as fake news.

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Sloan Bashinsky Thanks, Judith. Many years ago I was struggling with leaving working for my father and going into the practice of law 6 years after I had graduated from law school. I told a good law school friend, who was by then a successful country lawyer, that I was worried about having forgotten so much law; I had not read a law book in a long time. He said the law ain't what wins lawsuits. What wins lawsuits is the facts. He rested his case.

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Lucy Morgan Sloan Bashinsky so true. He is his own worst enemy

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Kimberly Hallmark Ware Sloan Bashinsky and yet, no charges and no facts to impeach...sensational headlines....with no substance, because as much taxpayer dollars that have been spent on this wild goose chase, they should have found something to stick by now....oh, is maybe that what has stuck? that nothing has stuck? So again I ask, what shit has stuck on YOU? BTW, never said he was perfect, or that he shouldnt stay off of twitter...that is not why I voted for him. I voted for him to fix what Obama screwed up...

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Lucy Morgan This investigation will take time. It might be over had trump and his associates spent less time trying to obstruct it.

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Kimberly Hallmark Ware Obstruct is a harsh word that we do not know that he did...

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Lucy Morgan We know he fired Comey because he was investigating the Russia connection to his campaign because he said so. We know from testimony before congress that he tried to get high ranking officials to intercede and stop the investigation of Flynn. We know the Russians hacked the election systems of 39 states, including Florida. There is much more to learn before this is over,

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Sloan Bashinsky You fire the FBI Director you asked to back off and he did not back off. What other word but obstruct applies?

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Kimberly Hallmark Ware First, the Russians hacking is not Trump hacking, and they have hacked into our systems numerous times. Perhaps if the resources that are beign spent because it was Trump were spent before, this wouldn't have happened. He stated that he fired Comey and that one of the reasons had to do in part with the phony Russian investigation (but really, you don't know what part exactly, or at least I do not), because it is made up. Saying I hope you'll let this go, he's a good guy (or whatever, it's close) does not equate. Comey assumed that is what he meant. One sided and because you don't like him, it must be true...

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Sloan Bashinsky Kimberly Hallmark Ware When you voted for him, you took responsibility for what he then did, if he was elected. He's now your train wreck. And a lot of other people's train wreck. And he's just getting started. Personally, I think this is all great theater. Trump is so much more entertaining than Obama was. Hillary would have been far less entertaining. Just as entertaining is the spinning and justifying by people who voted for Trump, and by those who voted for Hillary - two devils in different costumes.

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Sloan Bashinsky Kimberly Hallmark Ware I liked Hillary about the same as I liked Trump, about as much as I liked G.W. Bush, about as much as I liked Vladimir Putin. You want to get your eyes opened, read Bill Browder's RED NOTICE, and when you are finished, you will have what it sure looks to me, and I imagine it looked to Comey, why Trump sent his friends to Russia: to tell Putin, through intermediaries perhaps, that, if Trump got elected, he would try to get the sanctions against Russia lifted, and against the Russian oligarchs lifted, especially the Magnitsky Act, which, after hearing Brower out, Congress passed over stiff resistance from Pres. Obama, Sec. State Clinton and Senator Kerry, who was looking forward to being Sec. State. Last thing they wanted was pissing off Putin, who was enraged that Congress passed Magnitsky and banned Russian oligarchs from coming to America or putting their money in American banks. All rooted in Putin & Associates atrocities against Browder's Russian associates and friends thereof. Browder is on Putin's kill list.

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Kimberly Hallmark Ware Thanks for the info, I just might.

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Judith McBriar Sloan Bashinsky no substitute for brains and good research. Thank you.

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Kimberly Hallmark Ware ...keep researching.

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Sloan Bashinsky Researching is what Comey was doing, and now Congress' committee and the special prosecutor are trying to do, and the more Trump protests, the more he looks like he protests to much - that, too, is research. In the law is the doctrine of res ipsa loquitur, which is Latin for the thing speaks for itself.

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Chuck Hinson Ha! Good one. Inspired by real life observations.

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Martin A Dyckman We would do better with the bear in the Oval Office.

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Michael Dodson Like a bull with banderillas stuck in him.

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Bill Reeves There used to be a stuffed one at the Old Ebbits Grill. Maybe it is available and would definitely due less harm to our democracy.

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Glenn Miller Yogi Bear and Yogi Berra are/were infinitely smarter, nicer and classier than president Caligula.

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Mary Sue Barnette Gregory Good one, Lucy!

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Leonard Wheeler were the grapes good?

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Lorraine Alcorn Dimitriu There were very good grapes. The best grapes ever.

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Jean Heller Agree with Rebecca. You libeled an innocent black bear. Shame on you.

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Theresa Aber Wow! A meth head broke into my car and stole all my change, just like a black bear would steal all my fruits and vegetables! Fuck me for leaving my change and fuck everyone else for leaving fruits and vegetables. Seriously people! Get a grip! I don't care who or what steals from me still a piece of shit but at least I can excuse an animal that knows no difference.

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Todd Gulledge Hahahahhahhahah

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Todd Gulledge Thats a good one

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Pete Reinwald The Bear, the symbol of Russia, just tweeted: "These very rude and impolite people kept me trapped in their car for a day! #WitchHunt!"

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Julie Ford Don't insult the bears!🐻

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Keith Kohn The bear knew or randomly hit the horn to seek help.

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Stephen Sarnoff I just realized that Yogi Bear and Trump have something in common; in the cartoon where Yogi and BooBoo go to Paris, they are ejected from a French restaurant when Yogi asks for ketchup for his filet mignon.

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David McGee I think he's more like the bear made famous by the internet videos with a bucket on his head.

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Bill Reeves If a bear tweets in the woods and there is nobody there to hear it does it make any noise or smell?

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Reed Sandra I hope everyone watched Watergate tonight.....it was difficult at times not to believe it was about our current situation.

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Virginia Lee Yes. I lived through Watergate and was still thunderstruck at how familiar it sounded.

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Margaret Coyle Good one Lucy!😊😊😊

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Dean Post Too cool. I am still baffled by the doubters. The guy is such an ahole that surely there's something there for everybody. Humpty Dumpty is tethering and he's got no one to blame except the guy that invented Twitter.

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Diane Tonelli Your comparison of Trump and the bear are spot on!!

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Sloan Bashinsky Alas, the Democrats elected Trump when they ran Hillary, who, in her own ways, was just as inappropriate.

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Becky Harrison Steele He also resembles the rabid raccoon a Maine woman had to drown recently. http://www.esquire.com/.../maine-woman-drowns-rabid-raccoon/


A close reading of Thursday's Bangor Daily News.
ESQUIRE.COM

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Sloan Bashinsky If you are into symbols, in some Native American traditions the bear is about introspection, a word that does not appear to be part of Trump's vocabulary - he is the T-Rex of finger pointers.

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